The elaborate and ornate Iconostasion at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church separates the sanctuary from the nave. According to the church, the division “serves to remind us that God’s reign is not complete and that we often find ourselves ‘separated’ from God, through sin.”

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church continues ancient traditions


BARTON — Today, Christians all around the world are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, ancient and modern practices of Christianity coincide as Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians all celebrate Easter on the same day. The Orthodox Church uses a ...


Householder retires from tourism council

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A longtime public figure in Belmont County is stepping down from his position after many successful years of planning events and activities for the visitors to the county. Eugene “Doc” Householder has been a part of the Belmont County Tourism Council since it began 34 ...

Crowds of people show up for the annual Easter food giveaway hosted by the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple. Food and supplies were given away, and police and other first responders assisted.

Community feeds those in need

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WHEELING — Hundreds of families from the tri-state area will have all they need to celebrate the Easter holiday thanks to an outpouring of community support organized by the Rev. Dr. Darrell Cummings and the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple. Cummings said at least 1,375 people came out to receive ...

Spoken word artists ‘The Prosers’ return to Towngate


WHEELING — Ohio Valley residents can experience the art of spoken word poetry at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre as The Prosers, a group of local spoken-word artists, return to the popular community theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22. This performance is far different than a ...

OUE Theatre presents ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern will present Christopher Durang’s comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” April 19-22 in the Shannon Hall Theater. Wednesday and Thursday evenings the play begins at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday the play begins at ...

Indian Creek schools announces new partnership


From Staff Reports WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek Local School District is partnering with the Children’s Hunger Alliance on a new program to ensure that elementary pupils are getting proper nourishment. The district received a $2,000 mini-grant from the Columbus-based organization as ...

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MAIN STREET Bank board of directors members Thomas Galinski, left, CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services-emeritus; Cheri A. DeBlasis, senior vice president of Main Street Bank; and Richard A. Lucas, CEO and president of Main Street Bank, prepare to greet shareholders during the annual meeting of the bank’s shareholders Thursday at Undo’s in Elm Grove.

Main Street Bank profits grow by 13 percent


WHEELING — Main Street Financial Services Corp., parent company of Main Street Bank, posted net earnings of $4.5 million in 2016, reflecting a 13 percent jump from the 2015 earnings of $4 million. Bank officials announced the earnings during a shareholder meeting at Undo’s in Elm Grove, ...

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Doug Longenette, director of human resources at United Dairy, left, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. James Faunda and Mandy Moore, owner-operator of several McDonald’s restaurants in the Ohio Valley come together Friday to announce their partnership in a new High School Seat Belt Initiative program.

New program will incentivize seat belts for young drivers

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with McDonald’s and United Dairy to increase seat belt compliance among younger drivers — and increase awareness of the importance of buckling up in order to save lives. According to Lt. James ...

Oglebay Institute to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday


WHEELING — Oglebay Institute has teamed up with West Virginia’s only professional traveling Shakespeare troupe, The Rustic Mechanicals, to offer a series of public and school programs April 20-23 to celebrate the birth of the Bard and his legacy. Public events include a madrigal ...

OILFIELD service provider Danos is opening a new office and workshop at this building shown here on First Street in Martins Ferry.

Oilfield service company Danos opens facility in Ferry

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MARTINS FERRY — Oilfield service provider Danos is opening a facility in Martins Ferry at 305 N. First St. The building, situated between Stoney Hollow tire and Matheson gas, is located in the industrial park area of the city and includes 2,500-square-feet of office space and ...

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THE CAST of “Once Upon a Mattress” poses in costume on stage at Martins Ferry High School.

Ferry High School Theatre to present ‘Once Upon a Mattress’


MARTINS FERRY — The Martins Ferry High School Theatre Department has been hard at work preparing their spring production “Once Upon A Mattress,” based on the famous fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” However, this version is different than the one you may remember being read as a ...

Steubenville native returns home with U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters


WASHINGTON –Musician 1st Class Francis DuBois is coming home to Ohio on April 19 on tour with the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters chorus. The state was chosen to host three of the 18 concerts in eight states by the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters during their 2017 tour — one of the ...

Damaged stadium section to be removed

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WHEELING — Ohio County Schools officials should be able to get Wheeling Island Stadium ready for the Super Six high school football championships in December, according to West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan. On Friday, school officials found ...


St. C. cheer clinic to benefit second grader battling cancer


Photo provided THE ST. CLAIRSVILLE cheerleaders will be holding a one-day cheering clinic on Tuesday, April 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school cafeteria to benefit second grader Dom Alexander, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Children in preschool through sixth ...

MARTINS FERRY city worker Cody Engleman, right, holds a bin of fresh concrete mix being used by worker Mike Reese, left, to fix a storm drain lid on Monday afternoon.

Ferry needs new machines

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MARTINS FERRY — Spring is here, but the city still is trying to get some of its machinery working before some fair-weather projects can resume. During a recent Martins Ferry City Council meeting, it was announced the sanitary vacuum truck had been repaired, but already was faltering again. ...

Cancer research fundraiser planned


ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Individuals, organizations and businesses from across the area will once again unite in a fundraising effort to support cancer research for the 23rd annual Grand Illusions Saute at Undos, May 18. This year’s honorees will be the Krulock Family, siblings Dave, Dan and ...

Reps react to Kasich’s proposed budget cuts

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COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich announced at a news conference Thursday his intention to slash Ohio’s upcoming biennial budget by $800 million, and Republican legislators have no plans to dip into the state’s $2 billion “rainy day fund.” Kasich said budget cuts will be done after state ...

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Participants in the recent Barton Community Cleanup included, front row, from left, Cara Gazdik, Barton VFD member; Jeff Gazdik, Township Trustee and member; John Yoker, Township Trustee; middle row, from left, John Burdock, Barton VFD member; Sam Groh, Barton VFD member; Bridgeport High School students Jasmine Rodgers, Hannah Patroski, Sydney Kloss, Charlotte Van Den Bos, Makenna Beal, Caleb Nelson, Treavon Clark, Eli Williams and Guy Pagano; and on the truck, from left, Megan Lattocha and Shane Smolenak, Barton VFD members’ Kirk Smolenak, Barton fire chief; and Barton cadets Michael Yoker, Eric Kirkpatrick, Cameron Duncil, Malachi Trimmer, Jonathan Greenwood and Haley Trimmer.

Barton gets cleaned up with help from VFD, students


BARTON — The community of Barton recently hosted its annual town clean up with garbage being picked up from the side of the roads coming into the village. Helping the community were members of the Bridgeport High School’s senior class, the Barton VFD Cadets, Township Trustees and members ...

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MARTINS FERRY Middle School students raised $500 for the Daily Bread Center. The check was presented recently to center officials. From left, are Student Council Advisor Rebekah Shirley, Student Council officers, Jessyca Brady, Ava Doyle, Gary Stoffer, Chase Goff, Kayla Theaker, the Revs. John Brandenburg and James Agnew and Principal Mike Delatore.

Students raise $500 in memory of teacher


MARTINS FERRY — Martins Ferry Middle School students raised $500 to donate to the Daily Bread Center food pantry in memory of Jeannie Splenda. This annual spring service project is near and dear to the middle school’s heart because the donation is made each spring in memory of the former ...